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Breed of the Month ~ June 2015 ~ Borzoi
Pam Buffington and Rene Green

(Content Courtesy of AKC)




The Borzoi originated in 17th-century Russia, when Arabian greyhounds were crossed with a thick-coated, Russian breed.

The Russian aristocracy bred the Borzoi, also known as the Russian Wolfhound in America prior to 1936, for hundreds of years. There are accounts of hunting expeditions of several Mongol rulers from the time of the conqueror, Genghis Khan, in the 13th century, in which long hounds were mentioned as principal coursing dogs.

The Borzoi was originally bred for the coursing of wild game on more or less open terrain, relying on sight rather than scent. To accomplish this purpose, the Borzoi needed particular structural qualities to chase, catch and hold his quarry. Special emphasis is placed on sound running gear, strong neck and jaws, courage and agility, combined with proper condition. The Borzoi should always possess unmistakable elegance, with flowing lines, graceful in motion or repose. Males, masculine without coarseness; bitches, feminine and refined.

They need daily exercise, but will chase anything that moves, so they need to be kept on leash or in a fenced area. The key to leash training is consistency and patience. Leash training a Borzoi pup is not always easy as they are very independent, free-thinking hounds.

A mature male will stand at least 28 inches at the shoulder and weigh 75 to 105 pounds. Females will be smaller. Borzoi were bred to be swift and strong enough to pursue and pin their ferocious lupine quarry. A Borzoi in full stride is a majestic sight: a princely package of strength, grace, and glamor cruising at 35 to 40 miles per hour.



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